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    Scotch Broth

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    Total Time:

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    Cook Time:

    2 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    2 hrs

    Mille®'s Note:

    This is a staple in every self-respecting Scottish household. It will take the chill out of you on a cold winter's evening.

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    1. 1
      In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, cover the lamb with cold water; bring to a boil.
    2. 2
      Add the barley, partially cover the pot, and simmer until the meat and barley are tender, about 1½ hours.
    3. 3
      Add more water to adjust for any evaporation; skim the surface of the soup as necessary.
    4. 4
      Remove meat from broth; cut meat from bone and cut in small pieces.
    5. 5
      Discard the bones and return the meat to the soup.
    6. 6
      Continue simmering.
    7. 7
      In a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
    8. 8
      Add the carrots, turnip, celery, and onion and cook stirring often for 10 minutes.
    9. 9
      Add the vegetables to the soup.
    10. 10
      Simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
    11. 11
      Add salt, pepper, and seasonings to taste.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 10, 2002


      A soup lovers dream! I used meaty lamb shanks and added 6 beef bouillion cubes to the water. I substituted rutabega for the turnip, added a chopped parsnip, 2 pressed garlic cloves, bay leaf and a bit of white wine once the veggies where tender. This is a hearty main dish soup that can only be improved by some buttered crusty bread for dunking!

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    • on April 07, 2002


      great great recipe! I made a few changes - stewed the lamb shanks for a couple hours and used half beef broth instead of just water. this is one of those recipes where you almost want to make it a day ahead and refrigerate - the next day the flavors were even better together!

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    • on April 08, 2009


      This is a great soup and was received with fantastic reviews by my family. I would highly recommend this recipe to anyone and will be making it again.

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    Nutritional Facts for Scotch Broth

    Serving Size: 1 (307 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 87.0
    Calories from Fat 27
    Total Fat 3.1 g
    Saturated Fat 1.8 g
    Cholesterol 7.6 mg
    Sodium 62.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 13.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
    Sugars 2.1 g
    Protein 1.7 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    lamb breast

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